Employees behind the crematorium chamber of the Campo Santo cemetery within the northern metropolis of Piura, Peru, spray disinfectant on one another, after dealing with coffins of Covid-19 victims on April 15, 2020. Sebastian ENRIQUEZ / AFP.
Seventeen cops in Peru have died after contracting novel coronavirus whereas implementing the nation’s pandemic lockdown, officers and state media stated.
Authorities admitted earlier this week that at the very least 1,300 officers had been contaminated by COVID-19.
On Saturday new inside minister Gaston Rodriguez, who was sworn in a day earlier after the sudden resignation of his predecessor when the infections tally emerged, stated: “We have 17 deceased police officers nationwide, 11 of them in Lima.”
The excessive quantity is linked to “the exposure that police officers have when intervening with people who violate the measures issued to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” state information company Andina stated Saturday.
Peru has been on lockdown since March 16.
Rodriguez stated his division had allotted 50 million soles ($15 million) “for the purchase of protection elements such as masks and gloves” for Peru’s police.
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He added that roughly 220,000 COVID-19 assessments for the drive had been on account of arrive by the primary week of Could.
“We have an obligation to take care of them,” stated Rodriguez. “The police must be well equipped.”
Peru has recorded greater than 25,000 infections and 700 deaths to this point, in keeping with a rely by Johns Hopkins College in the USA.